International Institute of Task Analysis

As I have been following the subject of task analysis in the past few months, I’ve come across the International Institute of Task Analysis which is a recognized professional organization in the United Kingdom.

The Institute of Task Analysis is an independent non-profit professional association for the growing field of task analysis.
Our goal is to create greater awareness of the Task Analysis profession and working towards recognition of the value of task analysis in an organization.

We support professionals working in the task analyst role develop their skills and further their careers by providing access to unique and relevant content in the field of task analysis


As the professional association for task analysis it assists task analysts by defining standards for task analysis, identifying the skills necessary to be effective in the task analyst role and recognizing task analysis professionals through Task Analysis Professional certifications.

Worthwhile looking at their website: taskanalysis.org

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Performance Quotes

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
― John Wooden

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
– Malcolm X

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
― Martha Graham

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.
– Joe Paterno

“I love like a leaf in the wind. Please, hold your applause until the end of the performance (the last day of fall).”
― Jarod Kintz

Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.
– Ralph Marston

“The light. The light is so bright that all that remains is you and the darkness. You can feel the audience breathing. It’s like holding a gun or standing on a precipice and knowing you must jump. It feels slow and fast. It’s like dying and being born and fucking and crying. It’s like falling in love and being utterly alone with God; you taste your own mouth and feel your own skin and I knew I was alive and I knew who I was and that that wasn’t who I’d been up till then. I’d been so far away but I knew I was home.”
― Russell Brand

A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.
– Peter Drucker

The voices of moral authority in the theatre demanded only punctuality and physical performance. In the light of continuing pressure and stress, the occasional lip service paid to moderation was meaningless. Starvation and poisoning were not excesses, but measures taken to stay within the norm.
– Gelsey Kirkland

“The only performance that makes it, that makes it all the way is the one that achieves madness.”
― Mick Jagger

“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment…For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”
― Maxwell Maltz

Task Analysis – Improving Employee Productivity

The question is why don’t organizations use task analysis to improve employee productivity, find work bottlenecks and fix them?

Task Analysis is a new trend in Task Management, and involves doing a tops-down analysis instead of a down-up (starting from the company reports and drilling down into each of the employee’s performance analytics, instead of starting with the employee’s work load)

The new trend in task analysis puts an emphasis on three points: tasks, time, and cost.

There are a handful of task analysis software companies that have task analysis solutions that provide a great start, ProcessPolicy.com is one of them.

Software dimensions criss-crossing nearly all lines of task management products include task creation, task visualization, notifications, assign resources, compatibility, configurability, scalability, and reporting

  • Task creation encompasses collaborative capabilities for turning ideas into actions (tasks). Includes activities involved before setting tasks, particularly patterns of collaboration involving planning.
  • Task visualization encompasses presentation of tasks, most often through time and list forms. Priority visualization encompasses classification (e.g., budget, time, stakeholder) and mechanism (e.g., color code or text). Calendaring covers scheduling (e.g., availability, meetings, appointments and other potential conflicts) and notifications.
  • Notifications encompass configurable settings for informing past, present and pending deadlines.
  • Assigning resources encompasses the ability to delegate tasks and tools to single or multiple people.
  • Compatibility encompasses the ability of a task management environment to connect to other systems, software and environments. It includes setting a structure and restrictions on communication going from the task management environment to other software, systems and environments.
  • Configurability encompasses ability to add, remove and manage functionality and usability in task management environments.
  • Scalability encompasses ability to perform a task properly when a change in the quantity of users is done to meet the specific task requirements.

Task analysis reporting encompasses presentation of information by displaying either in tabular or graphical display.
Task Analysis enables you to improve employee productivity and company performance.

How to enforce internal company policies

How to enforce internal company policies is a tricky question. It is not as simple as it seems…
Employees need to be aware of the policies that are currently in place, employees have to actively agree to adhere to them, important policies that need reminding

The question to ask is therefore: What are the best ways to enforce internal company policies

task analysis
The most important thing when it comes to enforcing company policy is to maintain consistency. This is consistency both across all the departments, as well as consistency over time. This ensures that employees are aware of the policies, and that any repercussions (whether it’s a verbal warning or terminating an employee) always remain the same so that employees are aware that the company is serious about maintaining these policies

What is PESTLE Analysis?

The question is what is pestle analysis?
 
PESTLE Analysis is an analytical tool for strategic business planning.
PESTLE is a strategic framework for understanding external influences on a business.
There are many macro-environment factors that effect strategic planning: New laws, tax changes, trade barriers, demographic change.
 
 

Macro-environment factors includes all the factors that influence an organization, but are out of its direct control.
Macro-environment factors tend to have a long term impact.

PESTLE stands for “Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental” and is used for business and strategic planning, marketing planning, organizational change, business and product development and research reports.
By understanding these external environments, organizations can maximize the opportunities and minimize the threats to the organization.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies

Forbes have published “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” list.
Innovation is usually defined as the development of a better, novel idea or method to create customer value.
This is accomplished through different or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society.

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
– Theodore Levitt

These are the top 10:

#1 Salesforce.com (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 73.0% Sales Growth: 37.7% Return: 29.7%
#2 Alexion (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 72.3% Sales Growth: 46.5% Return: 47.6%
#3 Amazon.com (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 58.3% Sales Growth: 34.9% Return: 26.3%
#4 Red Hat (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 58.1% Sales Growth: 22.6% Return: 23.9%
#5 Baidu (China) Innovation Premium: 57.6% Sales Growth: 73.9% Return: 50.0%
#6 Intuitive Surgical (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 54.0% Sales Growth: 27.6% Return: 20.8%
#7 Rakuten (Japan) Innovation Premium: 51.5% Sales Growth: 18.3% Return: 25.8%
#8 Edwards Lifesciences (U.S.) Innovation Premium: 46.9% Sales Growth: 13.1%

Return: 33.7%
#9 Larsen & Toubro (India) Innovation Premium: 46.1% Sales Growth: 19.0% Return: -0.5%
#10 ARM Holdings (U.K.) Innovation Premium: 45.4% Sales Growth: 16.9% Return: 27.3%

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2012

Fast-moving technologies identified in the Gartner 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies include 3D printing, activity streams, Internet TV and Near Field Communication (NFC) payments

Cloud computing, media tablets and big data are still getting a lot of attention and moving rapidly along the hype cycle.

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2012
48 technologies are listed in this year’s hype cycle which is the highest in last ten years

The Hype Cycle has been used by Gartner since 1995 to highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation.

Trends for 2012 Emerging Technologies
Technology Trigger techs include: autonomous vehicles, 3D bio-printing, internet of things, 3D scanners, and more.
Peak of Inflated Expectations: HTML5, 3D printing, bring your own device, gamification, social analytics, and augmented reality.
Trough of Disillusionment techs include: NFC for mobile payments, cloud computing and gesture control (2-5 years), virtual desktops (0-2 years), virtual worlds, and more.
The Slope of Enlightenment now includes: media tablets, biometric authentication, and speech recognition.
The Plateau of Productivity is inhabited solely by Predictive Analytics.

The part I found most interesting was in the field of anlalyzing and consumer behavior:
Activity Streams
Big Data
Complex-Event Processing
Crowdsourcing
In-Memory Analytics
Predictive Analytics
Social Analytics
Text Analytics